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May 31, 2014 Published in Sports, Top Stories

T. C. Boys Win Regional Track Championship, Soccer Team Advances To Semifinals

By Katie Smythe

T. C. Williams High School earned another double victory last night in regional competition. The Titan boys’ track and field team rolled over the competition to claim the 6A North Region crown, winning by 30 points. The T. C. boys’ soccer team mounted a come-from-behind overtime victory against McLean (2-1) to advance to the regional semifinals and a trip to the state tournament.

T.C. Boys win Regional Track & Field Championship (courtesy photo)

T.C. Boys win Regional Track & Field Championship (courtesy photo)

Regional Track & Field Championship

Over two days of competition, T. C. Titans won first place and individual regional titles in seven different events at the 6A North Region championship on May 29-30. The sophomore Lyles brothers dominated the sprint events. Noah Lyles claimed the regional crown in both the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash and ran anchor leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay with seniors Rashawn Jackson, Tyrice Henry and Timmy Rattanaphone. Josephus Lyles won the 400 meter dash in 47.57 and set a new Northern Region meet record, breaking a 24-year record set by fellow T. C. Titan Jesse Gipson in 1990.

The girls’ 4x100 meter relay – comprised of Sarah Conroy, Allasha Farmer, Amy Kamara and Khalia James – qualified for the state championship based on a new season best time. Conroy also advances to states in the 300 meter hurdles after finishing in fifth place; Michael Fowlkes placed fifth in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles. Junior Anteneh Girma qualified for the state championship in both the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run and competes on the state-bound 4x800 meter relay with Eric Folkerts, Brendan Kerwin and Wayne McKinney.The Titans capped off the two-day competition by winning the final event – the boys 4x400 meter relay. The foursome was comprised of sophomore Mahlique Booth, senior Malik Carney, junior Isaih Clarke and senior Eshoka Conteh.

Lady Titan throwers qualify for States; (l to r) Iye Massaquoi, Alexus Foreman, Salem Mesfin and Tanisha Gordon

Lady Titan throwers qualify for States; (l to r) Iye Massaquoi, Alexus Foreman, Salem Mesfin and Tanisha Gordon

In field events, senior R.J. Thorne finished first in boys shot put and second in discus. Senior Jeremiah Clarke, who is in his first season throwing, took second place in shot put and set another new personal record in advance of the state championship next week. For the T. C. girls, junior Iye Massaquoi took first place in discus with a major new personal best distance; junior Tanisha Gordon earned third place in both discus and shot put and sophomore Salem Mesfin placed fifth in discus. All three throwers plus sophomore Alexus Foreman, who qualified previously in shot put, are heading to the 6A State Championship. In pole vaulting, senior Wayne McKinney took second place in the boys event and sophomore Olivia Tardieu took third in girls. Noah Lyles was the regional runner-up in high jump.

The T. C. boys’ team crushed the competition with a total of 108.5 points for first place; Lake Braddock finished second with 79 points. Last week, the Titans won the Patriot Conference 7 Championship by nearly 20 points over runner-up Lake Braddock. South County won the girls 6A North regional competition with 94 points followed by Lake Braddock with 82 points. The T. C. girls’ team placed ninth with 37 points.

The 6A State Championship is in Newport News on June 6-7. Some T. C. Williams athletes will travel to Greensboro, NC, to compete in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on June 13-15.

Eryk Williamson scores winning goal for T.C. in overtime (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Eryk Williamson scores winning goal for T.C. in overtime (Photo: Katie Smythe)

Regional Soccer Tournament

In a late afternoon game at home yesterday, the top seed T. C. boys’ soccer team took on McLean High School, who advanced as No. 2 seed from the Liberty Conference 6 to the regional quarterfinals. The Titans fell behind early in the match after the Highlanders found an open man who launched a strong shot from 10 yards out past Titan goalkeeper Edgar Martinez. T. C. had several opportunities in the remaining 30 minutes of the opening half but could not convert. Trailing 1-0, the Titans continued to battle for possession and scoring opportunities. Shots went wide or sailed over the goal – some were saved by the goalkeeper, on both sides. With just 20 seconds remaining, junior Eryk Williamson found an opening drawing the goalie out and scored the equalizer for the Titans at the end of regulation, resulting in a 10-minute overtime period.  Williamson scored again just two minutes into the first half of overtime, putting the Titans ahead 2-1. The intensity was palpable but the Titans held on to win the quarterfinal match, which they have not accomplished in the last two years of regional competition. The last time T. C. Williams advanced to the semifinals was 2002.

“They worked hard and kept believing in our style of play,” said T. C. Williams head coach Martin Nickley. “It was nice to see them break through in the end.”

The Titans face Battlefield High School in the semifinals on at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 (note time change) at Battlefield High School in Haymarket.  Washington-Lee and West Potomac play in the other semifinal match of the 6A North Region tournament.

T.C. Boys Soccer - Regional Quarterfinals

Regional Tennis Tournament

The T. C. Williams girls’ tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 6A North Region tournament before being knocked out yesterday by Langley High School (5-1). Representing the Titans were SydneyYao, Trish Reese, Sabrina Kidane, Isabelle Harris, Cara Giordano and Lauren Forrer. Yao, who also qualified for the regional singles tournament, has advanced to the semifinals. The singles championship matches will be played next week at Battlefield High School.

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